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‘Bachelor’ stars react after major scandal is ignored on ‘After the Final Rose’

The finale of “The Bachelorette” aired on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, closing all loose ends for Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey’s season.

Host Jesse Palmer led the conversations all night, bringing up some tough points, including Recchia’s breakup with Tino Franco and Schwer’s text messages from a relationship he had before leaving for the show. However, there was one thing Palmer failed to bring up – and that was the photo of Schwer in blackface that was shared on the internet about a week ago.

On September 8, 2022, a photo of Schwer in his high school yearbook was posted online. The photo showed Schwer dressed as Jimi Hendrix – in all black face. Schwer quickly took responsibility for the photo and apologized through a public statement on his Instagram account – but the photo was not mentioned on “After the Final Rose” – and several people noticed.

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A couple of previous ‘Bachelor’ stars, including former ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay and ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ star Thomas Jacobs, both spoke about the decision not to discuss the photo.

“So we’re just not going to talk about the blackface? Think we’ll sweep it under the rug,” Jacobs said in a video on his Instagram Stories on Tuesday evening.

“I’m not going to lie, pretty disappointed that they didn’t address the issues that were going on outside of those texting. Right now, if you’re on social media, we’ve seen it all. Especially in the specific context of race relations when it comes to this franchise in particular… to have a scenario like this and just not even bring it to light, especially after everything that’s happened that put us on brought to this point in the last three years… it’s pretty disappointing,” he added.

Lindsay had a similar view.

“Sigh, someone has to say… This is the photo they should have posted in the finale tonight instead of the ex’s text. They really missed the point on the unnecessary and important conversation that was deliberately not conveyed. This was an opportunity for @erich_schwer to take action on his IG post instead of hiding behind it. Unfortunately, we can’t all hide in the same way when we’re so offended by it,” she posted on her Instagram Stories.

While the show was still airing, Schwer posted an apology on social media.

“I sincerely apologize for the insensitive photo of me in Blackface from my high school yearbook circulating. What I thought at the time reflected my love for Jimi Hendrix was nothing but ignorance. I was naive of the hurtful implications of my actions to the black community and those closest to me, and will forever regret my abusive and harmful behavior. I am deeply ashamed of my actions and understand that my apology is only the first step in taking responsibility,” Schwer wrote on Instagram.

After the finale aired, People magazine held an exclusive interview with Windey in which she first brought up the controversial yearbook photo.

“I was incredibly shocked. [I] I just had to really process my thoughts and then think about how we can grow as a couple and learn from this,” she told the outlet.

“Ultimately, it was a time for us to step back and think about our relationship and see if we can get through this. You really need to take the lead in your communication, be very honest with each other during these difficult conversations. We see how we can get better from both,” she continued, adding: “Our commitment to each other is there. Now it’s just doing the hard work, getting to know each other, more communication, really strengthening those building blocks before we go down the aisle.”

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